Below are Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Bridge to Results Program. If you have additional questions, please contact Academic Services office at 717.815.6632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the goals of the program?
1) sharpen vital academic skills including critical and analytical thinking, written and verbal communication, time management, study skills, and teamwork;
2) earn 7 credits toward graduation, enhancing your chances of graduating in 4 years;
3) enhance your learning and help you become part of the community at York College through carefully planned co-curricular activities;
4) learn about the proven methods for attaining academic success;
5) interact with fellow students and faculty in social and civic experiences that will introduce you to the broader community.
Why was I selected for Bridge to Results?
At York College, we believe students who have demonstrated the capacity and motivation to succeed, even though they have not yet fully achieved their academic potential, deserve the opportunity to pursue an affordable, private college education. Having extended to you an offer of admission to York College, we are firmly committed to helping you navigate your experience here. You must do the work, you must rise to the occasion, but we must deliver on the commitment made to you through our offer of admission. And the Bridge to Results program is a clear reflection of that commitment.
What’s in it for me?
Most first-year students will begin classes on August 26. Their schedule will include 12-15 credits (4-5 classes) which will include a variety of classes in our general education program (the courses all York College students complete) and in their major field of study. Students in the Bridge to Results program will complete 7 credits of key courses, enabling them to develop a modified fall schedule that could include additional courses in their chosen or prospective major field. Getting a head start on your education will put you on track for a four year graduation plan. Additionally, this intensive and highly personalized experience will help you successfully transition from high school to college and, for some students, from living at home to living on campus.
What classes do I take and how many credits will I earn?
You will complete two key general education courses during the Bridge to Results program. With successful completion, you will earn a total of 7 credits that apply directly to all graduation requirements. The first is our required 3-credit first-year writing course, which will be enhanced by a 1-credit writing studio in which you will receive personalized attention and assistance with your writing. You will also be enrolled in a Critical Thinking course that will help to nurture analytical skills that will be required in all future courses. College professors and employers agree that communication and critical thinking skills are the two most important markers for success; the Bridge to Results program will help you to advance in both. Courses will be taught by York College faculty, and students enrolled in the Bridge to Results program will be provided with both professional and peer tutors in our Center for Teaching and Learning.
What is the total cost?
We have some good news. The entire cost, including tuition, room, and board, is only $1750. What’s more, you can apply a portion of your York College merit scholarship to this program, making the out-of-pocket cost as little as $750 (depending upon the merit scholarship you received).
This is a significant savings over our regular charges: The usual tuition cost for summer courses at York College is $424 per credit. Therefore, for 7 credits, the total tuition cost would normally be $2968. For students enrolled in the Bridge to Results program, the total tuition cost for 7 credits of coursework is only $1000, a significant savings.
Additionally, because the Bridge to Results program is exclusively a residential program, students must live and eat on campus for the duration of the 5-week experience. Housing costs would normally be $900/student for 5 weeks. The meal plan would normally cost $770/student, which covers three hot meals per day in our campus dining hall. Therefore, housing and meal costs for this 5-week experience would typically total $1670 per student. For students enrolled in the Bridge to Results program, housing will be provided for all students free of charge in one of our residence halls on main campus. And this housing assignment can be retained throughout the fall and spring semester if the student chooses. Meal cost for students in the Bridge to Results program will only be $750 per student for the 5-week experience, which will include three hot meals each day, seven days a week.
All totaled, a 5-week residential experience which includes 7 credits of coursework would normally cost each student $4575. Students enrolled in the Bridge to Results program will earn 7 credits of coursework while living and eating on campus for only $1750 per student (over a 60% discount). And again, a portion of this cost can be allocated through your merit scholarship.
Are meals included in the cost?
Yes. Because this is a residential program, meals are included in the total cost.
Will any of my financial aid apply?
Students may apply up to ¼ (25%) of their York College Merit Scholarship award to the Bridge to Results program.
Must I live on campus during the Bridge to Results program?
Yes. We believe that the experience for students will be greatly enhanced if you have the chance to live, work, learn, and play with your fellow students. Whether you intend to be a resident or commuter student in the fall 2014 semester, the Bridge to Results program is a residential program and all students must live on campus for the duration of the 5-week experience.
When does the program begin and end?
Students in the Bridge to Results program should plan to move in to the residence hall on Sunday July 20. Classes will begin on Monday July 21. The program ends on Thursday August 21 and grades will be issued shortly thereafter. Move-in day for the fall 2014 semester and Orientation begins on Friday August 22.
What if I don’t successfully complete the courses in the Bridge to Results program?
Our sincere hope is that this doesn’t happen! However, if it does, students may retake either course in the fall semester.
Will I be working with my academic advisor during the Bridge to Results program?
Yes. This is one of the main benefits of the program! You will be connected with an academic advisor in your chosen major who will meet with you during the Bridge to Results program. Students who are Undeclared will also meet with their academic advisor, as well as their peer advisor during the Bridge to Results program, to help them start the process of exploring fields of study.
If I attend the Bridge to Results program, should I also participate in Fall Orientation?
Yes. In fact, after your head start on success, you’ll be an instrumental part of that orientation, ready to help others adjust in ways that you already have! And the two programs are very different. So students are strongly encouraged to attend all of the Fall Orientation events, which will begin on Friday, August 22.
What is the daily schedule like?
We’ll keep you busy—but your schedule will be varied and full of exciting activities. After a hearty breakfast, Monday to Thursday will feature 2 class periods, time to work with our peer tutors (York College students who are trained in academic assistance in writing and other skills), our writing studio period (during which you can work on your assignments with the help of a faculty member). You’ll have some free time, as well as structured community engagement and social activities—and of course, lunch and dinner will be included.
On Fridays and Saturdays, there will be no formal classes, but you will have some time to complete assignments and study, as well as to attend some exciting field trips and team-building activities we have planned for you. Sunday is your day to relax, attend religious services if you choose, and to prepare for the week ahead. We also hope you’ll find time for fitness activities in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, helping you form good habits from the start.
Can I go home on the weekends or can my family visit?
We strongly encourage students to stay with us throughout the program. The planned weekend events are a key part of the Bridge to Results program, so plan to stay on campus for the duration of the experience. We will invite parents and families to campus for a cook-out midway through the experience. Parents and families are also invited to campus on the first day of Orientation (August 22).
How many students will be in the program?
Forty students will be selected for this program on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is encouraged if you wish to reserve your seat in the program.
Will other campus resources be available to me during the program?
Yes. All students in the Bridge to Results program will have full access to all campus facilities and resources, including our state-of-the-art Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, Schmidt Library, and Center for Teaching and Learning. The Office of Student Activities and Orientation is also available and will be organizing a variety of on-campus social events for students throughout the 5-week experience. You will receive a York College ID, which will enable access to your residence hall and other campus locations. You will also have an assigned York College email account and password to access our on-campus network.
Whom do I contact for more information about Bridge to Results?
You may contact the Academic Services office at 717.815.6632. Or email email@example.com. For questions about your general admission to York College or about financial aid, contact the Admissions Office 717.849.1600. Or, feel free to reach out directly to the Admissions Counselor with whom you have been working.